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Would a Tea With… Christmas Special make a good Christmas treat for a shielded person you know?

The booking period for this event will open shortly, and we invite you to send your favourite Christmas carols to boxoffice@clonter.org, so we can pass them on to the singers and accompanist, who will do their utmost to accommodate as many requests as possible.


Olivia Carrell – Soprano

Olivia is a 24-year-old soprano from Hertfordshire based in London. Last year, Olivia received a generous scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust which allowed her to complete her Masters of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music with a distinction under the tutelage of Deborah Rees. She also graduated with a First Class Bachelors of Music degree from the RNCM in 2018. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she has performed several principle roles such as Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmelites, The Dew Fairy in Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Maria Bertram in Dove’s Mansfield Park. In July 2019, she performed at Buxton International Opera Festival making her debut at the festival covering the role of Rutilia in Cladara’s forgotten gem, Lucio Pappirio Dittattore. She has worked closely with composers in discovering the world of contemporary classical music, which resulted in her premiering a one-woman operetta called Growth of the Silk which was received very well at Tete-a-Tete Opera festival in August 2019. The performance was deemed “the highlight of the festival for me” by Tete-a-Tete’s founder, Bill Bankes-Jones. Olivia looks forward to an exciting collaboration with esteemed contemporary classical composer, Gary Lloyd, in his new cutting-edge composition regarding the Covid-19 crisis as well as a principle role of Francoise with Buxton Opera Festival in July 2021 in Hahn’s Ciboulette.

Full Biog – https://www.oliviacarrellsoprano.com


Michael Gibson – Tenor

Glasgow born tenor Michael Gibson is studying at the Royal College of Music’s Opera Studio under the tutelage of Janis Kelly. He is an Aldama scholar and is supported by the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust, the Cross Trust, the Robertson Trust and Help Musicians UK. Michael previously graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, completing a Bachelor of Education in Music, and more recently the Royal Northern College of Music, where he completed his Master’s under Peter Alexander Wilson. Recent roles include Azael L’enfant Prodigue, Ecclitico Il mondo della Luna at the RCM Opera Studio and Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi at the RNCM. In opera scenes he has performed as Idomeneo Idomeneo, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress, Fenton Falstaff, Lyonel Martha, Frederick The Pirates of Penzance, Jaquino Fidelio, Novice Billy Budd, Anatol Vanessa and Fritz L’amico Fritz. Last summer, Michael was a member of the Glyndebourne chorus for their productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia and La damnation de Faust. As an oratorio and concert soloist, Michael has performed works including Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Bach’s St John Passion and B Minor Mass, Finzi’s Dies Natalis and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. He has also given performances of song cycles including An die ferne geliebte, Winter Words, Ludlow and Teme and Die schöne Müllerin.

Full Biog – https://www.michaelgibsontenor.com/


Robin Humphreys – Accompanist

Robin Humphreys is a graduate of the University of Birmingham and a holder of the prestigious Diploma in Professional Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied piano accompaniment with David Lloyd. Appearing in concert both as a soloist and an accompanist for over 35 years, he now pursues a successful career as an accompanist and répétiteur, the breadth of his repertoire being reflected in television and radio broadcasts ranging from BBC Radio 3 to Emmerdale! At the RNCM, Robin is a senior music coach within the School of Vocal Studies, for whom he was also chief répétiteur on the majority of college productions from the late 1990s until 2013. He has appeared with the Manchester Camerata in the world premiere of “A Feast of Fables” by Paul Reade, has been Musical Director for Feelgood Theatre Productions and, from 1990-2000, Opera & Concert Productions (Worldwide) Ltd with whom he toured throughout the Gulf, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East. Robin has a particularly close association with Clonter Opera Theatre in Cheshire, where he regularly works as Assistant Musical Director and accompanist. He is also an accompanist member of the British & International Federation of Festivals.


‘Pay What You Feel’ Policy

Having presented our digital outreach programme for free thus far, sadly as this situation has gone on much longer than we thought, we now feel that we must adopt a mechanism that is helping keep the prospect of theatres reopening globally a possibility, and that is to ask that any future content is purchased on a ‘Pay What You Feel’ basis. FREE for Friends and Patrons of Clonter. (Become a Friend – https://www.clonter.org/support-us/become-a-friend/)

E-Tickets £5, £10, £20, FREE for Friends and Patrons of Clonter – BOOKING PERIOD TO OPEN SHORTLY

There is no booking fee applicable for these events.

The link to the performance will be detailed on your ticket, which will be emailed to you.

This event will be available until Wednesday 23rd December.

In addition, a tea is available to be delivered to your door, to accompany your viewing of this event. To book a tea, please call the Box Office on 01260 224 514 on Wednesdays or Fridays, 10am – 4pm, or email boxoffice@clonter.org.

Menu – https://www.clonter.org/tea-with-songs-from-the-shows-menu/